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WATCH: Congresswomen Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland Embrace After Being Sworn In as the First Two Native American Women to Serve in Congress

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Democratic Representative Sharice Davids of Kansas and Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico (Sharice for Congress and Deb Haaland for Congress)

Indian, American Indian, Native American, Native, Indigenous, Aboriginal or First Nations, the designation given by the United States government and popular culture for the Indigenous peoples of the Americas evolved since first contact over 500 years ago.

During that time, the United States was born, grew and evolved as well.

Now, 243 years after declaring themselves an independent nation—and after 115 Congresses gathered in the past 230 years—the United States sent the first two Native women to Congress. In a midterm election that saw more than one historic first for diversity and representation for all United States citizens, Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their place in the 116th Congress.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk sovereign nation. The Pueblo nation at Laguna Pueblo counts Haaland among their own.

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, the two women joined other new members of Congress and returning incumbents to be sworn in to the House of Representatives. Understanding the significance of the moment, the two women celebrated with a congratulatory hug.

And Davids loaned Haaland her scarf to dry her eyes.

Watch the moment here.

Haaland wore traditional Pueblo attire for the swearing in ceremony. Her family, including her mother, attended while others cheered her on from her office.

Representatives of many Native nations gathered to celebrate Davids’ and Haaland’s achievement.

Thursday evening, tribal citizens gathered at a reception in honor of Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids.

Others shared great moments captured from the floor of the House during the swearing in and voting for Representative Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

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